QUICK OPERATION GUIDE
Charging The Battery .................. 8
Installing The Battery .................. 9
Indoor Use ............................... 10
Using The CAM Stand ............... 10
Clock (Lithium) Battery CR2025
Insertion/Removal .................... 11
Date/Time Settings ................... 12
A Cassette ................................ 13
Hand Strap Attachment ............. 14
Diopter Adjustment ................... 14
RM-V708U Remote Control ....... 15
Full Auto/Manual Operation ...... 16
Menus ...................................... 17
Basic Recording ........................ 21
Advanced Features.................... 23
Basic Connections .................... 42
Basic Playback .......................... 45
Playback Menu ......................... 46
Advanced Features.................... 48
Docking Station ........................ 50
Brand Setting ............................ 51
Random Assemble Editing.......... 52
For More Accurate Editing ......... 55
Audio Dubbing ......................... 57
Insert Editing ............................ 58
Main Unit ................................ 63
Viewfinder Indications .............. 64
Docking Station ........................ 65
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
Thank you for purchasing this Digital Video
Camera. Before use, please read the safety
information and precautions contained in the
following pages to ensure safe use of this
Using This Instruction Manual
· All major sections and subsections are listed in the
· Notes appear after most subsections. Be sure to
read these as well.
· Basic and advanced features/operation are
separated for easier reference.
It is recommended that you . . .
.... refer to "Controls, Indications and Connectors"
pgs. 63 65) and familiarize yourself with
button locations, etc. before use.
.... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions and
Safety Instructions that follow. They contain
extremely important information regarding the
safe use of your new camcorder.
You are recommended to carefully read the
cautions on pages 66 and 67 before use.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
Warning on lithium cell battery
The battery used in this device may present a
fire or chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do
not recharge, disassemble, heat above 100°C or
Replace battery with Panasonic (Matsushita
Electric), Sanyo or Maxell CR2025; use of
another battery may present a risk of fire or
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in fire.
Connection to the mains supply in the
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment.
If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power
points in your home or the cable is too short to
reach a power point, then obtain an appropriate
safety approved extension lead or consult your
BE SURE to replace the fuse only with an
identical approved type, as originally fitted,
and to replace the fuse cover.
If nonetheless the mains plug is cut off ensure to
remove the fuse and dispose of the plug
immediately, to avoid a possible shock hazard
by inadvertent connection to the mains supply.
If this product is not supplied fitted with a mains
plug then follow the instructions given below:
DO NOT make any connection to the Larger
Terminal coded E or Green.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in
accordance with the following code:
Blue to N (Neutral) or Black
Brown to L (Live) or Red
If these colours do not correspond with the
terminal identifications of your plug, connect as
Blue wire to terminal coded N (Neutral) or
Brown wire to terminal coded L (Live) or
If in doubt -- consult a competent electrician.
This camcorder is designed exclusively for
digital video cassette. Only
can be used with this
SOME DO'S AND DON'TS
ON THE SAFE USE OF
This equipment has been designed and manufac-
tured to meet international safety standards but,
like any electrical equipment, care must be taken if
you are to obtain the best results and safety is to be
read the operating instructions before you
attempt to use the equipment.
ensure that all electrical connections (including
the mains plug, extension leads and intercon-
nections between pieces of equipment) are
properly made and in accordance with the
manufacturer's instructions. Switch off and
withdraw the mains plug when making or
consult your dealer if you are ever in doubt
about the installation, operation or safety of
be careful with glass panels or doors on
DON'T continue to operate the equipment if you are in
any doubt about it working normally, or if it is
damanged in any way -- switch off, withdraw
the mains plug and consult your dealer.
DON'T remove any fixed cover as this may expose
DON'T leave equipment switched on when it is
unattended unless it is specifically stated that it
is designed for unattended operation or has a
standby mode. Switch off using the switch on
the equipment and make sure that your family
knows how to do this. Special arrangements
may need to be made for infirm or handi-
DON'T use equipment such as personal stereos or
radios so that you are distracted from the
requirements of road safety. It is illegal to watch
television whilst driving.
DON'T listen to headphones at high volume, as such
use can permanently damage your hearing.
DON'T obstruct the ventilation of the equipment, for
example with curtains or soft furnishings.
Overheating will cause damage and shorten the
life of the equipment.
DON'T use makeshift stands and NEVER fix legs with
wood screws -- to ensure complete safety
always fit the manufacturer's approved stand or
legs with the fixings provided according to the
DON'T allow electrical equipment to be exposed to
rain or moisture.
-- NEVER let anyone especially children push
anything into holes, slots or any other opening in
the case -- this could result in a fatal electrical shock;
-- NEVER guess or take chances with electrical
equipment of any kind -- it is better to be safe than
To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet.
No user serviceable parts inside. Refer
servicing to qualified personnel.
When you are not using the AC Power
Adapter/Battery charger for a long period of
time, it is recommended that you disconnect
the power cord from AC outlet.
(applies to the Docking Station):
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER
SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
The rating plate (serial number plate) and
safety caution are on the bottom and/or the
back of the main unit.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the
AC Power Adapter/Charger is on its bottom.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the
Docking Station is on its bottom.
This camcorder is designed to be used with
PAL-type color television signals. It cannot be
used for playback with a television of a different
standard. However, live recording and
viewfinder playback are possible anywhere.
Use the BN-V712U battery pack and, to
recharge it, the provided multi-voltage AC
Power Adapter/Charger. (An appropriate
conversion adapter may be necessary to
accommodate different designs of AC outlets in
This unit is produced to comply with Standard
IEC Publ. 65.
DANGER! Do not attempt to take the batteries
apart, or expose them to flame or excessive heat, as
there is a risk of fire or explosion.
WARNING! Do not allow the battery terminals, or
the battery itself, to come in contact with metals, as
this can result in a short circuit and possibly start a
· When transporting, make sure the provided battery cap is
attached to the battery. If you misplace the battery cap,
carry the battery in a plastic bag.
Before recording an important scene . . .
.... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini
.... remember that the GR-DV1 is not compatible
with other digital video formats.
.... remember that the GR-DV1 is intended for
private consumer use only. Any commercial use
without proper permission is prohibited. (Even if
you record an event such as a show, perform-
ance or exhibition for personal enjoyment, it is
strongly recommended that you obtain
The Benefits Of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are small yet have a large
power capacity. However, if exposed to extreme
cold (below 10°C), the effective operational time
decreases significantly. Exposure to temperatures
below 0°C will render the battery inoperative. If you
are planning to shoot in an environment at these
temperatures, carry the battery in a pocket to keep it
warm, then attach it just prior to recording. The
optional battery case CU-V777U is also recom-
mended. It holds two batteries, and keeps them
sufficiently warm even at an outside temperature of
Lithium-ion is vulnerable in colder temperatures.
Keep the battery in a pocket when not in use, or use
the optional CU-V777U power grip.
To avoid electric shock or damage to the unit,
first firmly insert the small end of the power
cord into the AC Power Adapter/Charger until
it is no longer wobbly, and then plug the
larger end of the power cord into an AC
Do not point the lens or the viewfinder directly into
the sun. This can cause eye injuries, as well as lead
to the malfunctioning of internal circuitry. There is
also a risk of fire or electric shock.
CAUTION! The following notes concern possible
physical damage to the camcorder and to the user.
When carrying, be sure to always attach and use
the provided hand strap. Hold the camcorder firmly
in your hand, with the strap securely around your
wrist. Carrying or holding the camcorder by the
viewfinder can result in dropping the unit, or in a
Take care not to get your finger caught in the
cassette cover. Do not let children operate the
camcorder, as they are particularly susceptible to
this type of injury.
Do not use a tripod on unsteady or unlevel surfaces.
It could tip over, causing serious damage to the
CAUTION! Attaching the camcorder to the Docking
Station, connecting cables (AUDIO/VIDEO,
S-VIDEO, Editing, DC) and leaving the unit on top
of the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the
cables will cause the camcorder to fall, resulting in
The digital video camera converts incoming audio and video signals into digital form for recording.
A video signal is composed of a luminance signal (Y) and colour signals (R-Y and B-Y). These signals are
identified and recorded digitally (Digital Component Recording). The A/D (Analog to Digital) converter
samples the Y signal at 13.5 MHz, and R-Y and B-Y at 6.75 MHz, and changes them to an 8-bit quantum signal.
Sound sampled at 48 kHz is changed to a 16-bit quantum signal, and sound sampled at 32 kHz is converted
to a 12-bit signal.
The data recorded on a tape is digital, but the output of the GR-DV1 is analogue.
The GR-DV1 separates the data into blocks, writing one block of each data type on each track of the tape.
3 Audio Area
The digital audio signal is recorded here.
4 ITI (Insert and Tracking
Insert editing and post-recording editing
tracking signals are recorded here.
1 Sub-Code Area
The Time Code and Date/Time data are
written here, separate from the video
data. This enables you to display the date
and time during playback, even if they
weren't displayed while recording.
2 Video Area
The digital video signal is recorded here.
Luminance Signal (Y)
Head tracking direction